Telling kids that they have no gender in a society that still recognizes gender can leave them to feel like they don't belong anywhere. They'll see two different bathrooms and feel confused about where to go. They'll feel disconnected from their friends and feel like an outsider.
Clicked Disagree so hard I hurt my finger.
To raise a child as "gender neutral" isn't telling them they aren't a boy or girl. It is letting them express who they are, what they want to play with or wear and not telling them they cannot play with a doll because they're a boy.Forcing your child to only do what you feel like is appropoate for their gender is what is damaging to them.
I completely agree. When I have kids I intend to let them pick out which toy they want, and what clothes they want to wear, and what haircut they want. I don't intend to tell them that they don't have a gender, I intend to introduce them to the subject when they're old enough to choose which one they feel is appropriate, and I want to do they sane thing with sexuality.
Totally Agree! Having said that I do not think that there is such a thing as gender neutral. Nature has set it up so that at least for mammals including human beings there is a female and male gender required for re-production. This should be clear to kids along with the fact that they can choose to do whatever they like
Depends on your definition of of 'gender neutral' I would personally let them at least know their own gender and explain the two body types to them. Gotta keep it simple for kids- simple doesn't mean rigid though. Just let them understand that there's two sexes sheesh 😒 And that sure gender roles are a thing but that it's not a big deal and they shouldn't worry about that and just do what they want
Wouldn't it just let them be who their brain is wired to be, therefore clinically less depressed and more likely to be themselves and love themselves? My best friend was raised in a gender neutral environment and I'm the one who has anxiety and depression and a personality disorder.
I disagree, but with the caveat that if your little boy chooses a pink bicycle or something, other kids will attack your child.